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Monday, December 7, 2015

Bright Green Is In My Christmas Color Scheme!!

Decorating for Christmas this year is so fun for me since it is the first Christmas in our new home.

Since I am just getting acquainted with our new home it took me awhile to come up with a color scheme and overall design plan.

Once I looked at the inspiration images I had pinned the overall design became more clear to me…..

Ribbet Edit 2015 Christmas Inspiration collage

Yesterday was a fun day of decorating the Christmas tree and wrapping a few gifts. 

This year I went to Spoonflower to purchase my main patterned papers. The quality of the paper and the clarity of colors is wonderful. 

I highly recommend getting paper from them. It might be more than you pay at the big box stores, but it can make just the right statement and set the whole mood for your Christmas decor.

When I choose my color scheme I look for papers and ribbons that will tie the overall look together. Remember those presents under the tree are part of the total look.

Ribbet collage 2015 Christmas wrapping paper

This is my original collage of wrapping papers. I did not get the plaid, but in looking at it again, I just might have to order it too.

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The malachite wrapping paper ties in nicely with the bright green malachite pillow I am using as my base pillow this year.

Ribbet collage 2015 Christmas pillows

I am using my woodland creature pillow from last years Christmas décor. It is one of my all time favorites and just seems to work in our home.

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It’s fun to see it all coming together. Of course there are some twist and turns along the way. 

Sometimes the design process takes on a life of it’s own. One of the many things I love about the process.

For instance. I was not going to put bows on my tree this year, however once I was done I realized I needed a tie-in to the rest of the décor. 

First I tried white bows, like I used last year. In my head they looked good, but in reality they were way too much for this look.

Next I tried a double faced ribbon of bright green with a red interior and it felt just right to me. 

You see our tree is full of family memories and almost every ornament has a story to tell so they are brightly colored and all different shapes and textures.

The little glimpse of red on the ribbon seemed like the perfect  addition on the tree.

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I wish the ribbon was a bit wider, but I used what I had on hand for this year. 

Who knows before the season is over the tree might have wider ribbon. I kept the streamers long because it felt more elegant to me. 

I love a touch of elegance with simplicity. I know our tree is not even close to Simple, but  this is our family tree, and it is perfect in my eyes because of the memories attached to it.

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I have a bright green velvet pillow that I will be adding to the white and black chair behind the JOY pillow. It is coming all the way from Ireland.

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In this picture you can see  my vintage Chinoiserie pedestal. This is a favorite piece of mine and I love that I can use it in our new home.

Speaking of Chinoiserie, that brings me to my next project……

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You might remember this from last year. This  picture shows the wreath in process.

I used an inexpensive black frame as my base. You can read HERE how I made it, if you are interested.

This year I will be hanging my pagoda wreath in our kitchen dining nook. I had to fill in more greenery on the sides so I worked on that yesterday. I will show you all the pictures once I get the dining area all dressed up.

I hope you are all having as much fun decking your halls as I am!!


BTW:  Just click on the underlined site.......Ribbon purchased from Nashville wraps, Paper mart and Ribbon shop.
The double faced ribbon that is green on one side and red on the other purchased at Costco.


Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

The green is gorgeous and I love your tree.

Anonymous said...

Your Christmas tree is so so pretty and I really like the colors you're putting together. I know you're loving your new home and you're making it really look festive. Have a great week.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Mary said...

I've never used bows on my tree before. But with the long streamers it looks so lovely I may have to try it this year.
I love the white, black, & green. It's perfect!

Lady of the Manor said...

I love your Christmas tree, Kathysue! The malachite green is a great choice, bold yet warm. I'm looking forward to seeing how you use the frame. We just received the latest floor plans and I think we are getting close, I'm getting excited!! Happy week!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Love, love it!...So wonderful that you found the perfect paper to go with your decor.....love the ribbon on the tree...perfect!...and must say that I am crushing on the Greek Key Joy pillow!!!....the room looks magnificent!

Marty said...

Love everything. Would you share where you usually purchase the ribbon you use? I particularly am curious about the double face green and red ribbon. Thanks!

Kathysue said...

Hi Marty, I purchased the double face green and red ribbon a few years ago at Costco, I believe they still have it because a friend of mine got it this year as well. The other ribbons I purchase from paper mart and from and Nashville wraps, and from ribbonshop.com

Karena said...

Love the greens and the malachite pattern! !
Beautifully done Kathysue!
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